Serious crimes still on the decline; Top Cop promises more patrols, faster response
Up to June 2022, the Guyana Police Force says its crime stats confirm a 15% decrease in serious crimes compared to the same period last year.
Commissioner of Police (acting) Clifton Hicken made the announcement during remarks at the Force’s 183rd Awards Ceremony on Thursday at the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary, Georgetown.
“There is still much work to be done if we are going to meet the challenges and demands of the public and international best practices,” Hicken told the gathering.
He noted that there will be an increased strategic alliance with local, regional, and international agencies to boost information sharing and joint operations.
To bolster the regional police divisions, the Force’s units such as SWAT, Major Crimes and Special Firearms will soon be available in all regions.
This will be done so the regions will not depend on support from Police Headquarters in Georgetown. The acting Top Cop explained that the regions will be able to deal with all matters without having to call Headquarters for support.
“Decentralisation of departments from Headquarters to all the regions…is necessary and critical if we are to achieve our objective,” Hicken said.
Meanwhile, the rehabilitation and enhancement of police stations will continue and will cater to persons living with disabilities and victims of abuse.
Hicken related that the implementation of a social crime prevention programme is critical now, more than ever.
“When the police are going through challenges, rather than having barriers out there, we are going to have bridges, so they can support our cause,” Hicken stated.
He assured the public that they will see the police on more patrols and that response to reports will be faster. The Top Cop asks, however, that the public cooperate with the police.
“We have to pat ourselves on the back for all our accomplishments so far,” Hicken said while urging ranks to remain resolute on the path of reform and ensure service to citizens is at the highest level of trust and integrity.